COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Who are we?
The Community Research and Development Division is for scholars, activists, researchers, practitioners, students, and other individuals who are interested in supporting social justice efforts in communities. Our focus on social justice at the group level leads us to ask questions about the determinants and consequences of inequality in communities. We also address the collective identities and lived realities of communities, and how those identifications and experiences affect everyone’s well-being and quality of life. We focus on urban, rural, suburban, and other place-based communities as well as identity, cultural, and interest-based communities.
- Connect with others studying and acting to address issues of social justice in communities.
- Participate in a rich community of collaborators with shared interest in the interplay of scholarship and activism.
- Engage in an environment that values a balanced approach to researching inequality at the community level.
- Get support and recognition for producing rigorous academic work that has practical implications for members of diverse communities.
Graduate students and junior faculty: we encourage you to take an active role in the division! This is a great way to get experience working within a professional organization and to develop relationships with more senior scholars and activists. Don’t forget the annual Community Research and Development Division Graduate Student Paper Competition and Community Partner Paper Competition!
Division mission statement reviewed in November 2022 by Thomas P. Pineros-Shields, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Community Research and Development Division Chair, 2021-2023. No edits were made. Division mission statement edited in November 2019 by Judith R. Halasz, State University of New York at New Paltz, Community Research and Development Division Chair, 2019-2021, based on feedback from division members at the SSSP 2019 annual meeting.
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